What Is Lucida Calligraphy?


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Lucida Calligraphy is a font in the Microsoft family of products. It is automatically installed when setting up a Microsoft Web browser or an operating system, according to Microsoft.

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Lucida was designed in 1985 by Kris Holmes and Charles Bigelow as part of an extended family of typefaces. There are quite a few variants of the Lucida font, including Scripts, Handwriting, Calligraphy Blackletter, Serif, Fax, Bright, Sans-serif and Sans Unicode.

The Lucida font family was extended by Bigelow and Holmes to include a full set of TeX mathematical symbols. This made Lucida unique in that it was one of a few typefaces providing mathematical typesetting along with full-featured text using TeX, states Wikipedia.

Some basic characteristics of the Lucida Calligraphy font are that it is very easy to read, and it works well for greetings, menus, posters, information labels, announcements, personal memos and invitations.

Microsoft notes that Lucida text appears best with between 30 and 50 percent of extra line spacing. When using text in the 12-point size, the spacing should be set at 18 points. The Microsoft website suggests using capitals with the Bright Lucida Italic font, and also points out that the font pairs well with ornaments and ampersands.

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